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Smith announces new partnership with INCAE Business School in Costa Rica

Posted on March 6, 2024
INCAE Business School's Walter Kissling Gam campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
INCAE Business School's Walter Kissling Gam campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Kingston, Ont. – Smith has expanded its relationship with one of Latin America’s top business schools to offer a new double-degree pathway for students in the Master of International Business (MIB) program.

The new 24-month offering with INCAE Business School in Costa Rica will see students earn a Global MBA degree alongside their MIB degree.

The expanded partnership with INCAE builds on Smith’s relationship with Costa Rica. In 2020, Smith was presented with a commemorative medal marking the centennial of official Costa Rica–Canada relations in honour of the business school’s contributions to strengthening ties between the two countries.

“We are thrilled to grow our relationship with INCAE with the addition of the MIB’s first double-degree offering in Central America,” says MIB program director Kerri Regan. “In addition to providing students with the opportunity to gain international exposure and experience, this new offering represents a new pathway for MIB students from a non-business background.”

The majority of the MIB’s double-degree options require candidates to possess an undergraduate degree in business. The double-degree pathway with INCAE is an opportunity for students without this educational background to develop a broad global management perspective as well as a functional specialization in international business. It is the MIB program’s first double-degree that will see students earn an MBA degree alongside their specialized master’s degree.

Students will complete the first year of the Global MBA at INCAE’s Walter Kissling Gam campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica, where they will have the opportunity to work in international peer teams and with faculty advisors. Their second year will be spent in the MIB program at Goodes Hall in Kingston, Ont.

“Double degrees represent a unique opportunity for students to experience truly cross-cultural learning and gain access to networks and resources that can support their international business career goals,” says Regan.

With the addition of INCAE, Smith’s MIB now has double-degree offerings with 10 international partner schools. It also maintains exchange partnerships with over 60 schools across the globe. Learn more about the Master of International Business here.